from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A comic variety show of the 1800s and early 1900s, usually featuring white actors in blackface.

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  • noun A variety show performed by white people in blackface.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a variety show in which the performers are made up in blackface
  • noun a troupe of performers in blackface typically giving a comic program of negro songs and jokes


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